Texas-based nonprofits will receive nearly $11 million to help inform the public about changes coming as part of the Affordable Care Act. Many parts of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul take effect October 1. Starting then, everyone will be required to sign up for health care coverage, either through a private insurance company or a government plan. Texans will be able to enroll for coverage in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, as Texas declined to set up its own insurance exchange.

The federal grants announced today were awarded to so-called Health Overhaul Navigators. Those groups volunteered to advertise coming changes and sign people up for health insurance. The money is part of a larger $67 million grant, which was distributed to organizations across the country.

“Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the Marketplace,” said Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “A network of volunteers on the ground in every state – health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials – can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled.”

Today’s announcement comes a week after Sebelius visited Texas to tout the president’s plan. She met with state and local leaders in Austin and San Antonio to help communities understand how the changes will affect them.

Yesterday, Attorney General Greg Abbott and 13 other Attorneys General signed sent a letter to HHS, raising privacy concerns. In a statement, Abbott said:

 “Over the next few weeks, the Obama administration plans to dole out millions of taxpayer dollars to so-called ‘navigators’ who will be paid to help Americans navigate the Obamacare behemoth. Because these navigators will be granted substantial access to Americans’ personal information – including their Social Security numbers and tax information – I am deeply concerned about privacy and the security of this very sensitive information.”